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About wine

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Wine is a beverage which is made from grapes. It comes in alcoholic and non-alcoholic variants. Wine making is a long process and includes fermentation without the addition of sugars, acids, water or enzymes. Grapes are crushed and yeast is used to turn the grape pulp into alcohol.  The earliest known wine was made thousands of years ago and can be traced back to 6000 BC.

There are different types of wines, each with its own differences. The different types of wines are-

  • Red wine- Red wine is made from dark skinned grape by extracting both pulp and sugar from the grapes. The age of the wine can be determined by its color. Violet colored wines are young wines while red wines are the color of more mature wines. There are variations in red wine too- Cabernet Franc which has flavors in violets, blueberry, earth, black olive and coffee; cabernet sauvignon which has bell pepper, green olive, herb, cassis, black cherry flavors; Gamay in strawberry, raspberry and cherry flavors; Grenache in spice and cherry flavors; Malbec in sour cherry and spice flavors; Merlot in watermelon, strawberry, cherry and plum flavors; Mataro in spice and cherry flavors; Nebbiolo in plum, pie cherry and tar flavours; Pinot Noir in tomato leaf, beetroot, pale cherry and blackberry, cola and plum flavors; Sangiovese in pie cherry, anise and tobacco leaf flavors; Syrah in blackberry, boysenberry, plum, pepper and clove flavors and Zinfandel in raspberry, blackberry, black cherry, raisin and prune flavors.
  • White wine- White wine is made from the fermentation of noon-colored grapes or the process of white wine making involves extracting and disposing the color elements of the grape pulp. White wine can be yellow-green, yellow-gold or straw-yellow. The different types of white wine are- Chardonnay in oak, butter and spice, nuts or vanilla flavors; Pinot gris; Sauvignon Blanc or Fume Blanc in lemon, grassy, grapefruit and gooseberry flavors; Viognier in floral flavors; Riesling  with intense mineral, earthy, petrol and floral aromas.

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  • Rose wine- This wine incorporates very little color from the grape skin. It is one of the world’s oldest forms of wine. The color of this wine ranges from pale orange to light purple. There are three ways to produce rose wine skin contact which involves allowing dark grapes to stain the wort, saignee which involves removing the juice from the must early and blending.
  • Fruit wines- Wines made from other fruits such as apples and berries are called as fruit wines. Most fruit wines do not usually have fermentable sugars and yeast nutrients to promote the formation of alcohol. Due to this, most fruit wines are usually non-alcoholic wines.
  • Mead or honey wine- This created by fermenting honey along with water and sometimes is mixed with fruits, spices grains or hops.

What is Wine?

What are festive seasons without a little wine and cake? Wine is prepared during any joyous occasion and is consumed together while fellowshipping with the dear and near ones.

Wine formation:

There exist two types of wine. White wine and red wine. When grapes are allowed to ferment along with the skin, the wine takes the colour of the grape skin making it look red. While preparing white wine, the collected grape juice is only allowed to ferment. Winemaking is also referred to as vinification. Wine can be made from fruits other than grapes also. After the grapes are freshly plucked from the vineyard, they are allowed to ferment with or without the skin. Another category of wine is called the rose wine. Here, both white wine and red wine is mixed together. Yeast is the primary agent that causes fermentation to make wine. Yeast is either added to the grape pulp (along with the grape skin) or directly to the grape juice (without the grape skin) to prepare red wine and white wine respectively.  The process of fermentation might delay up to two weeks. The yeast converts the sugars present in the grape into ethanol and carbon dioxide. Most of the carbon dioxide is lost to the atmosphere. This is why wine is never fizzy. After fermentation, the wine is transferred to big barrels. The wine must be settled well before bottling. Depending on the type of grapes used to prepare wine, some wine will ferment very soon. 10% of red wine and 5% of the white wine is said to be well settled after five years of storing them before bottling. During the process of fermenting, the carbon dioxide gas is not allowed to escape at times. This causes bubble formation inside the bottled wine. This is how champagne is prepared. Now you know why champagne spills out when you shake the bottle before use. Sweet wines are made by preventing fermentation before all the sugar gets converted into alcohol. Here, some amount of residual sugars remain. Sulphur is usually added to avoid the yeast from fermenting the wine.

Wine quality:

More than any other factor, the quality of the grapes decides the quality of the wine. On the other hand, the quality of the grapes is determined by the pruning period, type of soil and climate, mineral content and acidity of the soil, etc. The harvest time differs in the northern hemisphere and southern hemisphere. In the North, the harvesting period is from September to November. In the Southern Hemisphere, it varies from mid-February to late March.

Wine Glasses And Grapes

Countries producing the best wine:

Italy and Germany make the World’s best wine.  Spain comes next followed by the U.S and Argentina. Italy and Germany compete with each other to produce the World’s best wine.

 

 

Falling in Love with Italian Vineyards

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Considered as some of the oldest and most historic wine-producing nations in the world, Italy takes the definitely takes the number one spot in the world when it comes to their fine wine. With some of the oldest vineyards and second in its production against France, if you fancy the culture and romance behind Italian wine, then you should definitely consider visiting some of the world’s best vineyards.

Being one of the biggest wine exporters, you’ll be in for a treat for sure. Oh, and don’t forget the hand gestures when you do take a sip of that marvellous glass of wine. Saluti.

With each region in Italy having its own trademark and distinct flavours, when it comes to wine, the most popular vineyards also host some of the best wine tours in the country and on that note, there is a lot to choose from.

Vietti

Short and sweet as the name, a variety of Vietti wines are some of the most popular wine sold in Barolo. These wines are produced in Castiglione Faletto which are vineyards in Barolo, Italy. If you’re a traveller, visiting this vineyard makes for a wonderful outing in Italy. One can spend the entire day at the winery, view the estate’s finest wines and enjoy a tasting as well. Be sure to make an appointment before visiting though.

Ca’del Bosco Winery

Considered a favourite and located in the wonderful region of Erbusco, Franciacorta, this popular winery was established in the 60’s and exude the very best of Italian wine. When it comes to quality and luxury, a bottle of Ca’del Bosco is a must when visiting Italy. The winery is also surrounded by some of the most beautiful trees, vineyards and green landscapes, this vineyard is a must for all.

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Massimago Winery

As one of the most famous vineyards in Italy and located in Valpolicella at Mezzane di Sotto Verona, this wine company is described in a rather gentle and feminine manner. Run by a woman named Camilla Rossi and a driven team, they have created a more than fresh approach when it comes to wine. You can spend the day at their glorious vineyards and enjoy a picnic under the trees, arrange for a meeting to be held, as well as special events. Whatever the occasion might be, they’ll assist you with the entire process. For a taste of innovation and a rather welcoming environment, be sure to visit one of the best vineyards in all of Italy.

Barone di Villagrande

Situated in Sicily, of course, we had to add this stunning vineyard to the list. Dating back to 1727, you’re in for something different This wine farm is known as one of the most well-known in Italy and its many fine wines are credited to its perfectly sun-dried grapes which are also referred to the creation of ‘passito’ wine. Be sure to visit this historic gem during your stay in Italy for the most matured wine of all.

 

How to make wine?

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Wine makes a great accompaniment to any food, and it also brings out a spark in every situation. If you happen to be a wine lover, we are pretty sure that you would have dreamed about how to make wine in your home. Fortunately, winemaking is not as hard as it sounds. With the right amount of ingredients and tools, you can make your own wine at home. All you need is to follow certain instructions, and you will have your own homemade wine.

Ingredients needed:

To make wine, you will need about 3800ml of crushed grapes, 450 ml of honey, yeast and water. You can either use grapes, or you can even use berries. Some of the other equipment you will need are cork, strainer, thin plastic tubes for siphoning, wine bottles, glass jar containers and Campden tablet (to kill harmful bacteria and germs).

Picking your fruit:

Picking the fruit with which you want to make wine with is one of the first things you need to do. It is better if you go for organic fruits as they will be free of any chemicals. You can also try to pick the fruits by yourself if you happen to grow them in your garden so that you will be able to pick some of the best quality fruit. Once you have picked the fruit, you need to clean the fruit and rinse it thoroughly nicely.

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Crushing the fruit and adding honey:

The next step is to crush the fruit until you get about 4 cm of juice in the container. You can either use a potato masher or any other substance to mash the fruit. Honey is the ingredient that brings the sweetness to the wine. So if you want your wine to be sweet, you need to add more honey. Depending on the sugar content of the fruit you have picked you can mix the honey accordingly.

 

Fermenting the wine:

Once the honey is mixed, you need to add yeast and allow the mixture to ferment. Place a cork over the container and leave it in a warm location where the mixture can ferment. Make sure that you are not keeping the container in a cool place as your wine will not ferment. Try to place it in your kitchen so that it is warm.

Leave the mixture for about three to four days, and you will be able to see bubbles on the top, as this is happening you can know that the fermentation is happening.

Bottling the wine:

After the fermentation process, move the wine into clean wine bottles and cork them tightly. Make sure that you are doing this process in a clean environment as you don’t want bacteria or other germs to enter and spoil your wine. If you want to retain the red colour of the wine, try using darker coloured bottles to store the wine.

The Importance of Wine for Italians

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“Saluti”. A word often used in Italian culture. This word is used by all Italians daily to not only salute the fine cuisine that is paired with the perfect glass of wine, which as a salute, means more to Italians than probably anywhere else in the world… But also, to give thanks and embrace a moment or celebration of friendship, family, the hands who prepare the food or wine and either the beginning or end of a successful day.

Wine is considered symbolic to Italians and is usually paired with nearly every meal past noon. Italians are not considered big drinkers, but wine is considered a daily drink that helps one wind down at the end of the day.

Much like Italian food, wine is also considered something to be enjoyed and not restricted. Let’s just say, around a table, one glass simply won’t do.

With extensive wine farms and wine cellars all over Italy, crafting the best of the best, whether it’s red or white wine, there are many different methods that are used to perfect it and make it distinguish it from other wines.

The History of Wine in Italy

Fun fact. When it comes to history and mythology, there is a god that represented wine itself, known as Bacchus.

During the Roman period, with the presence of the vine plantation, Pliny (a famous Italian author) wrote that Italy had supremacy as the country overtook the riches of all other countries just with the production of wine.

Now, making such a statement clearly states the importance of wine in this magnificent country. Wine is thus considered a culture of its own in Italy as the importance of it dates back into ancient times. The wine has also been described as a stress cure for excellence and also, that it would dismiss the many troubles of one’s mind.

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The Habits of Italians

Wine is drunk during certain times of the day. When visiting a restaurant, it is considered to be the most common drink, after water that is. Different from other cultures and countries, sparkling drinks such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Fanta are only ordered by children.

With beverages such as cappuccinos only to be enjoyed before 10 o’clock in the morning, followed by espresso throughout the day, an Italian table might as well be bare without a bottle of wine at any setting. It is enjoyed at both lunch and dinner, as well as at the aperitif.

One can also order different quantities of wine, starting with a litre, half a litre and even one-fourth of a litre which is referred to by the Italians as ‘quartino’.

It is important to know which wines are paired with what type of food. Doing your research before visiting Italy might just get you the admirable nod from the Italians. Be sure to pair a stronger flavour of wine, such as a merlot or shiraz with heavier food that includes meats and pasta, with lighter foods such as fish and seafood, white wine makes for the perfect companion.

Barrel Aged Beer

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A wood- or barrel-aged beer is any lager, ale or hybrid beer, either a traditional style or a unique experimental beer, that has been aged for a period of time in a wooden barrel or in contact with wood. It proved the beer with a unique character of the wood and/or the flavor of what has previously been in the barrel. Today’s craft beer brewers use mostly oak to get the best flavor and aromas. Let’s breeze through a list of the best grafted beer that one must try once in their lifetime:

Lolita by Goose Island Beer Co.: Aged for at least eight months; it is light bodied, crisp and gives a hint of raspberry and tastes both, sweet and tart at the same time.

CBS by Founders Brewing Co.: Short for Canadian Breakfast Stout – is one of the most sought-after and highly rated beers in America right now. Before long, beer geeks were speculating about when they would get their hands on the stout, which is brewed with coffee and chocolate, then aged in single-barrel bourbon casks that have most recently been used to age maple syrup. Needless to say the result of this experiment was delectable tasting craft beer.

Ballast Point High West Barrel Aged Victory at Sea: Victory at Sea has previously been aged in a variety of barrels, including Heaven Hill and Elijah Craig bourbons and Ballast Point’s own Three Sheets rum, and the whiskey versions have had prominent whiskey spices and lots of creamy vanilla, as well as a lingering coffee and chocolate finish. Aged in both bourbon and rye the beer results in a brooding, complex powerhouse.

Cigar City White Oak Jai Alai: Made in Tampa, the brewers aim was to fix the extra juicy sweetness it held, hence the aging in White oak. The result being the tannins imparted by the oak counterbalancing the sugar with some much-needed dryness.

Dogfish Head Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout: Dogfish Head’s potent World Wide Stout is one of the most legendary American craft beers: Brewed in 1999 with the intent of being “the strongest beer in the world,” it has ranged from 15 to 20 percent alcohol by volume, a level that still sounds over the top even as we’ve become accustomed to high-test imperial stouts. Recently they released their Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout, with a stated potency of 16 to 17.5 percent ABV. Aged in 10,000-gallon oak tanks with Madagascar vanilla beans, it has notes of fudge, cocoa and raspberries, and a noticeable heat from all that alcohol.

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Founders Backwoods Bastard: The bourbon-rested version of Dirty Bastard Scotch ale is a deceptively smooth with 11.6-percent alcohol-by-volume monster with vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, coconut, and maple flavors goes smooth down the throat leaving a lingering after-taste. It has a smoky taste with sweet caramel and dark fruit flavors.

Brewing Instructions

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Brewing at home is an art which comes with practice. Wine is an integral part of our food. Most of us enjoy drinking beer. Making anything at home is something which we all love and enjoy. Making beer at home is utterly enjoyable and worth drinking every last sip. If you are planning to have guests at home or if it’s the holiday season or it can just be a dinner party you can always make homemade beer to surprise your guests.

To make the beer, you will need a brewing kit. The package includes a stoneware crock, some jugs, airlocks with rubber stoppers and tubes, a funnel and a strainer with a fine mesh. You might want to get new bottles of wine, or you can wash the old bottles, and it is also advisable to get new corks. Depending on the amount of wine you are going to make you will need the wine bottles.

Brewing

Once you have got all the kits required for making beer at home, the following are the instructions you need to follow to make beer at home:

  • Read reviews.
  • Gather the supplies and ingredients needed.
  • Clean the equipment.
  • Boiling water.
  • Malt extract.
  • Adding Hops.
  • Equipment cleaning.
  • Chill wort.
  • Yeast addition.
  • Fermenting process.
  • Beer transferring.
  • Storing.

Read reviews:

Always read various reviews before starting to brew. The more knowledge you have, the better will make the beer. Brewing a good beer always takes practice and experience. So try to read as much as reviews as possible before you start making your beer.

Gather the supplies and ingredients needed:

Ensuring that you have all the equipment and the supplies needed is very important. Some of the equipment needed are Gallon Pot, Plastic gallon Buckets, Fermentation Buckets, Airlock, Stopper, Nylon Bags, Racking cane, Food Sanitizer, Hydrometer, Hydrometer Jar, Beverage line, and Bottles.

Clean the equipment:

Use unscented cleaning material for cleaning the kit. Cleaning is essential as microorganisms can spoil the entire procedure.

Boiling water:

The next step is to heat about one gallon of water in a boiling pot.

Malt extract:

After boiling the water, you need to remove the water from the heat and add the malt extract in the boiled water. Now, still well the mixture in such a way that the malt extract does not get collected in at the base. You need to continue to stir until the malt gets completely dissolved. Once the malt is dissolved, continue to boil.

Adding Hops:

Add bittering hop to the boiling mixture.

Chill wort:

After boiling, you need to cool down the mixture and fill it in a sanitized fermenter.

Yeast Adding:

When the temperature of the wort has come down, you need to add a pinch of yeast.

Fermenting Process.

The first thing you need to do is to seal the container in which you are going to ferment. Shake the fermenter well and store the container in a cool place. After storing the fermenter, you need to monitor the fermenter continuously.

Transferring the beer and storing:

Transfer the beer into beer bottles and store it for a week and enjoy your beer.

Home Brewing Starter Kit

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Making beer is an art that needs to be mastered to make the perfect beer. Homemade wine can impress your guest. Homemade wines are very much appreciated and enjoyed by everyone. If you are planning to have guests at home or if it’s the holiday season or it can just be a dinner party you can always make homemade wine to surprise your guests.

Many people consume beer along with meals and in most countries. Beer is a drink which gets consumed worldwide. Making anything at home is something which we all love and enjoy. Making beer at home is only enjoyable and worth drinking every last sip. Winemaking is a very long and intensive process.

To make the beer, you will need a brewing kit. The package includes a stoneware crock, some jugs, airlocks with rubber stoppers and tubes, a funnel and a strainer with a fine mesh. You might want to get new bottles of wine, or you can wash the old bottles, and it is also advisable to get new corks. Depending on the amount of wine you are going to make you will need the wine bottles.

Brewing Starter Kit

The following are some of the homebrewing starter kits you will need to make wine at home:

  • Gallon Pot.
  • Plastic gallon Buckets.
  • Fermentation Buckets.
  • Airlock.
  • Stopper.
  • Nylon Bags.
  • Racking cane.
  • Food Sanitizer.
  • Hydrometer and hydrometer Jar.
  • A thermometer.
  • Beverage line.
  • Bottles.

Now let’s take a closer look at who these kits get used, and its average cost.

Gallon Pot:

The gallon containers used for mixing the fruit and the boiled sugar. The containers are also used to store water and saving. The Gallon Pot costs about thirty dollars.

Plastic gallon Buckets:

The Plastic gallon Buckets get used for Sanitizing and bottling. The Plastic gallon Buckets has a spigot attached to it and costs about thirteen dollars.

Fermentation Buckets:

The Fermentation Buckets has a hole in its lid which gets drilled for an airlock. You need a Fermentation Buckets which holds about six gallons.

Airlock:

The Airlock cost about three dollars and used in keeping the wine in an air locked condition.

Stopper:

The stopper also serves a similar function as the airlock and cost about three dollars.

Nylon Bags:

The plastic bags get used for adding hops in the boil. The Nylon Bags cost about twelve dollars.

Racking cane:

The Racking case gets used for siphoning the alcohol out of the kettle or the fermenter. The rocking canes cost about ten dollars. You also get an auto siphon which helps you to siphon better in a cleaner way.

Food Sanitizer:

Acid based or iodine based food grade sanitizer which costs about ten dollars is needed.

Beverage line:

The Beverage line gets used in transferring the alcohol into filling bottles.

Bottles:

You might need lots of bottles to fill in the beverage you have made. Depending on the gallons of alcohol you have done, buy the bottles accordingly.

 

How to Make Heavenly Homemade Wine

Homemade Wine
Wine is an integral part of our food. Most of us enjoy drinking wine. Making anything at home is something which we all love and enjoy. Making wine at home is utterly enjoyable and worth drinking every last sip. Winemaking is a very long and intensive process. Homemade wines are very much appreciated and enjoyed by everyone. If you are planning to have guests at home or if it’s the holiday season or it can just be a dinner party you can always make homemade wine to surprise your guests.

The first process in making wine involves the choosing of fruits with which you want to make the wine and the type of wine you are going to make. Strongly flavored berries like blackberries, strawberries give a good taste. Wines made from apple and plum, give a sweeter taste and are more buttery than the other wines made from berries.

The next step is to boil sugar and the frozen fruit which kills all the bacteria and other boiled flavors in the wine. Decide upon the water to sugar, ratio. The yeast which you add to the sugar will ferment with the sugar, and the alcohol gets formed. You must make sure that the yeast is added in the correct amount so that it mixes with the sugar and creates the alcohol. Otherwise, the wine will become sweeter.

Homemade Wine

The following are the topics you will be reading about heavenly homemade wine:

  • Homemade wine Kit.
  • The Wine Recipe.

Homemade wine Kit:

To make the wine, you will need a brewing kit. The package includes a stoneware crock, some jugs, airlocks with rubber stoppers and tubes, a funnel and a strainer with a fine mesh. You might want to get new bottles of wine, or you can wash the old bottles, and it is also advisable to get new corks. Depending on the amount of wine you are going to make you will need the wine bottles.

 The Wine Recipe:

To make fruit wine of one gallon at home, the following are the ingredients you will need:

  • Four pounds of Frozen Fruit.
  • A gallon of water to add to the mixture.
  • Two pounds of Organic sugar.
  • One teaspoon of yeast.
  • One pack of wine yeast.

Directions to make the wine:

Step 1: Freeze the choice of fruit at least for three days before you start the process.

Step 2: Boil the water and add the sugar and pour the boiling water over the frozen fruit crock.

Step 3: Mix the sugar water and the frozen fruit. After mixing the sugar water and the fruit cover it with a cloth or a plate so that no-fly or any other insect comes and sits on the mixture.

Step 4: The following day mash the mixture with your hands and put the yeast in the mix.

Step 5: Cover the mix with a cloth and filter the mixture in a wine bottle. Keep stirring the mix now and then.

Step 6: Place the bottles in sunlight for a month and do not disturb the wine. Then filter out the yeast and the fruit and enjoy your wine.

The Top New York City Wine Tasting & Winery Tour

Winery Tour
Wine tasting is very ancient and considered as art just like the preparation of wine. The wine tasters are professionals who taste the wine and check the quality of the wine. These professional wine tasters check the quality of the wine by tasting the wine or by smelling the wine and also by seeing the look of the wine. Wine is an important part of our food. There are about four stages in wine tasting; the first one is the appearance of the wine in the glass, then the second one is the aroma of the wine, thirdly the sensation of the wine in the mouth and finally the aftertaste of the wine. The properties which get checked in a wine by the wine taster are complexity, character, suitability for drinking, the potential of the wine and what are all the possible faults.

Winery Tour

New York is one of the best places for tourists to visit; the city is colorful and filled with people from all over the world. It is the city of nightlife and fun. If you happen to go for a vacation in New York and if you are a wine lover then the following are some of the top wine tasting tours in the New York City:

  • Long Island Wine Tour from Manhattan
  • Delaware River Kayak, Manhattan
  • New York Sailboat Cruise.

Long Island Wine Tour from Manhattan:

The Long Island Wine Tour from Manhattan is one of the top attractions for wine tasting. The tour includes a Manhattan Long Island wine trip, tasting wine from three different vineyards, a picnic lunch in the afternoon and transport from Manhattan. You can sample 13 wine samples from three different vineyards and an antipasti platter to share with bread or cheese. The tour starts at 9 am in the morning and ends at 6.30pm in the evening.

Delaware River Kayak, Manhattan:

The Delaware River Kayak and Wine Day Trip from Manhattan includes an exciting Kayak trip in the Delaware River. The tour includes a lunch picnic, and you get to choose between a single or a double kayak. There are about five different places you can taste the wines. The tour also covers a round trip transportation from New York to Manhattan, and you get a personal guide who assists you and guides you through the entire tour.

New York Sailboat Cruise with Wine Cheese and Charcuterie:

New York Sailboat Cruise is one of the best wine tasting tours which gives you a sailing adventure while tasting wine. The tourist attractions like Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty, Battery Park, Brooklyn Heights get covered in this tour. You get to taste the samples of top wines both red and white and nibble on the local cheese. Some of the wines served are very old and the best in the country. This tour is perfect for you to relax on the water while you enjoy tasting the wine.